Originally Posted by Simon Moon
For $20 you can't go wrong with any of them. They all smell better than many $50 designer fragrances!
Disclaimer: I work part-time at a Bath & Body Works store. Just so you know.
I think that the Elixir line is a really good value for the money. Blue is a standard aquatic, maybe not terribly exciting but it has been very popular. I am using it as my everyday office scent. I like Green better; it is still fresh, but it is green and citric and not aquatic. I like Red on other people, especially gender-bending women, but it just doesn't seem to work on me. I agree that Black is the real standout; vanilla is dominant, but there is something else really of-the-moment going on in it.
None of these scents really redefine the art of perfumery, and we Basenoters probably have something similar in our collection already. But, I don't really expect iconoclasm for twenty bucks. The packaging is very substantial and masculine, too.
One tip, though: I would get the cologne rather than the body spray. I bought all the body sprays when they came out, and they smell really good for about an hour. Then they fade away to nothing. The colognes are actually quite strong.